Lions Are Playoff Bound
Too Much Heinzman (3TDs) Topples Tigers
Newaygo 20 Grant 6
An hour before kickoff they started pouring into the stadium, dressed in orange and black and ready to cheer their Tigers on to a victory and a playoff berth.
After all it was homecoming, the Tigers and Lions held identical 5-2 marks and the two losses each team wore on their records came against the same opponents Reed City and Chip Hills.
Evenly matched and playing at home. The Grant faithful were fired up for a big win against an old rival.
The hosts won the toss and elected to receive taking it out to the 30. Jared Evans broke through on the first play for a 12 yard gain. The next play he carried for another 6 then after a couple of stuffed runs Trent Throop hit Alex Longcore with a first down pass. 3 plays later Throop hit Freddy Hall on the run and he sprinted 45 yards as the Tigers drew first blood and led 6-0 when an errant snap led to a failed point after attempt.
The enthusiasm on the Grant side was short lived. Zachary Rodriguez nearly broke the kickoff for 6 but was tackled on the Grant 13. Three running plays by Cooper Heinzman got the Lions into the endzone and the PAT by Francisco Rios gave the Lions a 7-6 lead.
The team exchanged punts through the rest of the first and into the second before Newaygo put together a 4 1/2 minute touchdown drive featuring the hard driving running game of Heinzman who scored from 3 yards out and after Rios split the uprights it was 14-6 Newaygo.
The Tigers saw a scoring opportunity go awry in the closing minute of the half when a penalty gave them the ball on the Lion 20 but the Lion defense sacked Throop twice and a chop block penalty took them back 25 yard and out of contention for a score.
The second half saw both teams struggling to move the ball.
The third quarter went scoreless as the rain began to fall in earnest. A couple of fumbles and missed snaps cooled down drives for both teams.
The 4th saw Newaygo run qb Connor Swinehart, Rodriguez and Heinzman behind an inspired o-line leading to another short run for 6 by Heinzman making it 20-6 after a snafu on the exchange led to a failed PAT.
Grant received the kickoff and began to move the ball but on a 3rd and 1 another issue on the snap from center led to an 18 yard loss and secured the win for the Lions.
Newaygo won this one in the trenches as their offensive line gave the rushing game openings and the Lion defense made moving the ball tough for the Tigers.
Newaygo (5-2, 6-2) returns to the playoffs after a 2 year absence and snaps the two game losing streak against their longtime rivals. Their final regular season game will be at home against Manistee (2-6)
Grant (4-3, 5-3) will have to defeat the Ravenna Bulldogs (3-4, 3-5) to take part in postseason play.
Mike LaFontsee Heinzman and Kade Bhutan were all over the field on defense for Newaygo while James Montney,T.J. and Jarrett Railing, and Jagarr Jenerou led the Tiger D.
Tri County 63 Fremont 16
The Vikings prevailed in a battle of winless teams. Riley Krim and Caleb Kooman scored for the Packers but the streak reached 26 as the Viking offense held to just 12 points their last 3 games exploded.
Fremont (0-7, 0-8) will play host to McBain (6-2) in their season finale while the Vikings welcome in the undefeated Eagles of Kent City in a cross conference matchup
Muskegon Catholic Central 49 Hesperia 9
The Crusaders were just too much for the Panthers as Hesperia dropped to 0-8 on the season. The bad news is they go on the road for their final game. The good news is they face Shelby who are in the midst of a 30 game losing streak.
White Cloud 29 Three Oaks River Valley 0
The Cloud went way south and rode home with their second win of the season.Kevin Arnold completed 4 passes for 136 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Eric Plotts grabbed the 2 touchdown passes for a total of 77 yards while Darion Holland and Conner Maring each had one catch for 46yds and 13yds respectively.
Buck Seabrook rushed for 104 yards on 22 attempts and a touchdown. Alex Doke added the final touchdown on a 1 yard plunge and netted 76 yards on 15 attempts. Darion Holland added 21 yards on 3 attemps.
Chance Montemayor added a 40 yards field goal and was 2 for 2 of extra point kicks.
The defense caused 11 fumbles and recovered 3 for the Indians.
Chip Hills 49 Big Rapids 26
Midway through the 1st Dorian Martin ran one in for the Cardinals to tie the game at 7. By halftime the Warriors scored 5 more times and cruised to the CSAA finale for both teams.
Chip Hills (6-2) qualified for the playoffs giving the Gold 3 teams in (Reed City, Newaygo) and 1 with a shot at it next week (Grant)
Reed City 62 Central Montcalm 6
The Coyotes (7-0, 7-1)) dismantled the Green Hornets (2-5, 2-6) to secure the title in the CSAA Gold Division.
Kent City 35 Maple Valley 0
Eagles are on a roll and the train doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. They face Tri County next week with a shot at an undefeated regular season.
Morley Stanwood 21 Beal City 16
The Mohawks (4-1, 7-1) defeated the Aggies and will face undefeated Lake City in a home contest to close the regular season
Evart 48 Holton 41
The Red Devils (23, 3-5) lost a shootout with the host Wildcats
Lakeview 55 Ludington 27
The Wildcats (3-2, 5-3) can wrap up a playoff bid with a season finale win over Central Montcalm next week.
Tough Tourney For Tigers
Grant had tough day at the Jenison tournament. The Tigers lost to Coldwater 22-25, 12-25. Then they went on to beat Covenant Christian 25-18, 25-20. The Tigers fought hard against Grandville but were defeated 17-25, 21-25. After pool play Grant was seeded 3rd in their pool and drew 2nd place finisher Unity Christian. They rose to the occasion after losing set one 21-25 to win 27-25 in set two. A battle in game three ended in a loss for the Tigers 11-15. Stat leaders were Kylie Patton with 13 kills and Taylor Wegener with 12. Olivia Keelean had 46 digs on the day followed by Kirstyn Throop with 31. Nicole Whan added 79 assists and Brooklyn Presler added 3 service aces.
The Tigers return to league play Tuesday at Newaygo at 7:00.
Tigers Tame Pack 3-0
Grant hosted the Fremont Packers at their home court and came out victorious in straight sets. Set one was 25-14, set two 25-6, and set three 25-19.
The strong net play came from outside hitter Olivia Keelean with 11 kills, Kylie Patton with 10 kills, and Kendall Wilkerson with 7 kills. Libero Jill Arends led the team in digs with 13 followed by outside hitter Taylor Wegener with 12 digs. Setter Nicole Whan assisted 39 kills and delivered two aces from the service line. Taylor Wegener added two aces and both Jill Arends and Brooklyn Presler added one ace for the match.
The Tigers move to 6-0 in league play and 27-6-5 overall. The Tigers play again on Saturday at the Jenison Tournmanet at Jenison High School.
Tiger Trophy Time At Dig Pink
Grant brought home the Championship Saturday, October 7th at the Kent City Dig Pink Tournament. The Tigers faced off against the Oakridge Eagle in the first pool play match, winning 25-11, 25-23, followed by taking their final pool play match against Wyoming Lee 25-5, 25-7.
Advancing to bracket play with a bye, the team drew the winner of the Big Rapids and Grand Rapids Union match up facing the Cardinals in the semi-finals and winning 25-15, 25-22.
The finals were a rematch of the morning against the Oakridge Eagles and the Tigers dominated that match 25-7, 25-12.
Great hitting performances were turned in from junior middle hitter Kylie Patton with 39 kills on the day, followed by junior outside hitter Olivia Keelean with 22 kills on the day. Sophomore setter Nicole Whan added 90 assists.
Strong serving performance were given by junior Kim Settlemyre with 6 aces, junior Jill Arends with 5 aces and junior Brooklyn Presler and sophomore Nicole Whan, both with 4 aces on the day. Hard-nosed defensive stats were turned in by senior Taylor Wegener with 28 digs, Keelean with 24 digs, and Arends with 20 digs.
Grant now moves to 26-6-5 on the season.
The Tigers play home on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 against the Fremont Packers. All fans are encouraged to wear black and come support the team.
Cloud Clips Eagles 3-0
After getting off to a rocky start, White Cloud rallied back to sweep past Kent City 28-26, 25-12, 25-11.
“They fought hard through an early 3-7 deficit and after a nice round of serving by Madeleine Seabrook, we were back in the game 13-11,” said Cloud Coach Desirae Strait. “ We came out strong the next two games jumping out to early leads.
“ Our serving has been something we have been focusing on and tonight we served well.”
Olivia Bowman led in points with 16 and 5 aces, followed by Elexis Plotts with 10 points and 3 aces. Offensively the Indians had several leaders. Brianna Watson had 7 kills, Olivia Bowman and Alexis Strait had 6 and Hailey Clifford had 5. Strait also served up 19 assists. Plotts had a great night on the net with 5 blocks. Defensively, SEabrook led with 18 digs, followed by Bowman,Strait, and Plott with 13 digs apiece.
“I'm very happy with the way every girl worked together on the court,” added Coach Strait. “They play so well together and they really fulfill each one of their positions. They all know their role and they continue to give 100%.”
Newaygo Sweeps Past Pack
The Lions extended their league record to 4-1 with a win over Fremont last night.
Strong passing, purposed serving and overall team defense secured the conference victory for the visitors
"We just came off of a second place finish at the Saranac tournament Saturday where we played really well, and we were able to keep that momentum rolling as we picked up another league win last night. The girls are really playing well together as a team, each filling her own role to contribute to our recent wins."
Newaygo’s overall record is now 19-14-3.
Tigers On A Tear
Grant Varsity Volleyball hosted league rival Tri-County Tuesday night and got off to a strong start winning set one 25-12. Set two continued with the team showing enough energy and effort to best the Vikes 25-16. Set three played closer, with the Tigers finding themselves down early. With leadership and team play, the Tigers fought back to seal the win 25-21.
Strong performances were turned in by middle hitter Kylie Patton with 10 kills and outside hitter Olivia Keelean with 10 kills. Setter Nicole Whan chipped in 27 assists. Olivia Keelean led the team in digs with 10 followed by great defensive performances by Kirstyn Throop with 8 digs and JIll Arends with 6. Three players each contributed 2 aces from the service line: Taylor Wegener, Nicole Whan, and Jill Arends.
The Tigers improve their league record to 5-0, and their overall record to 22-6-5. The team travels to Kent City Saturday to compete in the Dig Pink tournament.
Tigers Sweep Warriors
Grant remains unbeaten in conference play
Grant Varsity Volleyball met league opponent Chippewa Hills on their home court Tuesday night and the Tigers came out firing winning set one 25-3.
Set two played closer at 25-20, and set three finished 25-9.
Jill Arends and Nicole Whan both contributed four aces from the service line, and Taylor Wegener led the team in digs with 11. Kylie Patton tallied 11 kills on the night and Olivia Keelean added 8.
The Tigers 21-6-5 and 4-0 in the CSAA Gold face league rival Tri-County in Grant next week Tuesday at 7 p.m
Cloud Falls 3-0 To Mohawks
Cloud Falls 3-0 To Mohawks
Three tightly played games saw the Indians come up just short in a CSAA Silver sh0w-down with Morley Stanwood. MS won the first two by a 25-23 margin and finished the match with a 25-21 win.
“ They were a very good team defensively and we came up a little short on our communication,” said White Cloud Coach Desirae Strait.
Scoring leaders were Olivia Bowman with 12 points and Elexis Plotts with 7. Offensively, Bowman and Hailey Clifford led in kills with 5 each, followed by Alexis Strait and Elexis Plotts with 4. Strait also led in assists with 8. Plotts had a great night defensively with 16 digs, followed by Bowman with 13.
OTHER FALL SPORTS
Portage Invite: Chasing Greatness
The 7th of October in the year 2000, a high school student ran a 14:41 to set a course record that still stands to this day. His name? Dathan Ritzenhein from Rockford. If you’re familiar with the running world, you may have heard of him. He was a champion runner who became an Olympian; the first American finisher in the marathon in the Beijing Olympics and also a finisher in the 10,000 meters in the 2012 London Olympics.
On October 7, 2017, 2,470 high school males lined up on the start line throughout the day to take their crack at the 17 year old course record. The closest attempt was a time of 15:21 by Cole Johnson, from Ritzenhein’s alma mater, Rockford.
2,011 females toed the line the same day for their chance at the course record of 17:31 by Sharon Van Tuyl of Portage Northern from 1995. If the results are correct (they are marked official) and the history sheet is also correct, then Olivia Theis of Lansing Catholic crushed the record with a time of 17:00.
Newaygo County teams represented at the Portage Invitational were Division 2 Fremont and Tri-County, Division 3 Grant and Newaygo and Division 4 Hesperia.
The first place male and female for each of those teams is listed below followed by a summary of Fremont’s day by Coach Cliff Somers. Medals were awarded to the top 50 racers from each divsional race.
For a full listing of results from all four divisions, visit the link https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=130576#/12803
Boys 1st finisher for each team:
Fremont - Ben Schmidt (15:50, 2nd place)
Tri-County - Gabe Goosen (17:49, 66th place)
Grant - Colton Covington (16:43, 9th place)
Newaygo - Ryan Brummel (17:47, 45th place)
Hesperia - Chris Stapel (18:54, 67th place)
Girls 1st finisher for each team:
Fremont - Riley Sweet (20:38, 47th place)
Tri-County - Summer Longstreet (23:11, 219th place)
Grant - Elizabeth Gates (21:37, 76th place)
Newaygo - Sophia Frisbie (21:09, 61st place)
Hesperia - Becci Castillo (24:50, 95th place)
“It got hot and windy in the afternoon session when we ran. The Varsity girls ran first and had to deal with a little adversity. The girls were spiked up and heading to the line when meet management announced a 30 minute delay to deal with a bees nest on the course. They couldn’t get it done so the course was changed slightly. The change added about 15-30 meters to the race for the rest of the day. I thought the girls handled it well and ran a solid race. Riley Sweet (Sr) ran a great last 400 meters passing about 12 runners to move up into 47th to earn a medal. Freshmen Sierra Horton ran her best race of the season to place 187th. The varsity placed 18th out of 50. In the JV race Leah Converse (Fr), Annika Tuls (So), and Kendra Fowler (Jr) all placed in the top 50 to medal. Leah and Annika ran fast enough to place them in the top 7 on varsity. Erin Norton (Fr) ran a good race to place 69th. Kassy Fialek (Fr) ran a great last 200 meters to move up several places also. The JV placed 5th out of 24.
The boys ran a good race top place 3rd out of 49. We are showing a lot of potential but have to put it all together. Today our 1-5 gap was too big again at 2:05. Ben Schmidt (Sr) ran a great race. He got out well and put himself in the top 5. At the mile he was running in 3rd and shortly after that he was passed falling back to 4th. At one point 4th was a good 20 meters ahead of him. Shortly after the 2 mile Ben started closing the gaps quickly. He passed 4th and 3rd quickly and gained about 70 meters on the leader to finish 2nd only 8 seconds behind the leader. Our group of Freshmen rounded out our top five led by Nathan Walker and Colton Best both placing in the top 20. Josh Zerfas ran a great second half of his race. He was moving up like crazy, it looked like he was running downhill. The JV boys placed 2nd out of 30 with some solid racing. James Pekel (Sr) ran his best race of the season to place 7th and bump into a varsity spot. Seven LaRoue (So) also ran his best race of the season to medal. Jacob Terrien (Jr) had a great finish to top off a great race for him.”
Packers Shut Out ‘Cats In Tourney Preview
Fremont defeated Lakeview 3-0 in CSAA action Wednesday night. Richard Carbajal opened up the scoring for the Packers with 7 minutes remaining in the 1st half on a penalty kick. Four minutes into the second half Preston Osterhart found the net off a Carbajal assist to give the Pack a 2-0 edge. Bailey Baddis wrapped up the scoring when he took another Carbajal assist and buried it for the final goal of the night. Micah Whittle recorded the shutout for the hosts with 6 saves.
The Packers will hit the road for the next three games before returning home to face these same Wildcats in the first round of district tournament play.
Fremont is now 8-6-2 overall and 6-4-2 in the conference.
Rios Nets 3 In Lion Win
The Lions beat Lakeview on Wednesday night 5-1 behind a solid defensive effort and opportunistic scoring.
Francisco Rios had 3 goals and 1 assist followed by Angel Guevara with 1 goal and 1 assist. Jon Soto added a goal, and Oliver Geroux had 2 assists on the night. In goal, Richard Hearth had 19 saves and was assisted defensively by Mitch Karrip, Chase Pendock, Adrian Briones, Brady Longcore and Jasper Sanderson.
“We were able to possess the ball and create opportunities. All 22 players played a solid, disciplined game,” said Lion Coach Jason Long
Newaygo improves to 10-2 overall, and 8-1 in the CSAA. The Lions will host Reed City on Monday night at 4:30pm.
Fremont defeats Kent City 5-1
Preston Osterhart opened up the scoring for Fremont on an assist from Micah Whittle 4 minutes into the game. The Packers struck again with a goal from Richard Carbajal to take a 2-0 lead into the half.
Kent City struck first in the second half with a goal 8 minutes into the half but the Packers stepped it up and Richard Carbajal found the net for the Packers with an assist from Noah Christensen with 16 minutes left in the half. Jaxx Miller hit the back of the net for Fremont on an unassisted goal with 6 minutes left and Wyatt VanBoven put the finishing touches on the game for the Pack with a goal with 4 minutes left in the game. Fremont outshot Kent City 30-10. Fremont is now 7-4-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the CSAA.
Grant Netmen Win, Lose, Place 4th at Conference
Karlton Zerlaut continues to shine at #1 singles
The Coastal Conference Tennis tournament finished Monday with all teams competing after battling the wind and rain on Saturday. The Tigers took home two medals, both by sophomores. Carter Chase was the runner up at #4 singles. Karlton Zerlaut won the #1 singles championship. All of Grant's flights played well and fell just 1 point short of 3rd place.
On Tuesday the Tigers played back to back contests beginning with a home match with Sparta. The Tigers picked up 3 wins in the singles and 2 in the doubles to win the match 5-4
. Zerlaut won at #1 singles 6-0 6-0, Dominick Brock came back from an early deficit in the first set to win in a tiebreaker, 7-5 and Chase got the #4 singles match 6-0 6-0.
Trent Patton and Diego Krepps won at #3 doubles while Matt Hautamaki and Payton Swinehart provided a big win at #4.
The Tigers then faced off against an Eagle squad that ranks among the top ten in Division 3. The Tigers continued to fight hard against tough competition but GR Christian took all but #1 singles for a 7-1 margin. Zerlaut rallied from a 4-6 loss in the first set to win 6-0 in the second and outlast his opponent in the super match tiebreaker 10-6
Tennis: Rockets Edge Pack
Reeths Puffer took 3 of the 4 singles matches and split the doubles with the Packers to claim a 5-3 win in their Wednesday matchup.
Cole Hudson grabbed a win at #1 singles besting his opponent 6-1, 6-4. Liam Herman and Nathan Page came back from a 3-6 loss in the first game to battle back with a pair of 6-4 wins to take the #2 doubles match while Aidan Petz and Parker Vandenberg nabbed #4 doubles with a hard fought 7-5, 6-2 triumph.
Packer Golf: CSAA Championships
Gerth lands all-conference spot
The Packer golf team competed in the CSAA championship match at beautiful Glen Eagle Golf Course in Clare on Tuesday. Glen Eagle is a difficult golf course and it showed in the scores that were turned in on this sunny, windy, and warm day.
Big Rapids won the CSAA league team championship this year with a team score of 377. Congratulations to Fremont’s Katelynne Gerth as she earned an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection on this day. Katelynne's 5 match total of 413 was good enough to tie her for 12th place in the league’s individual standings .
Lauren Hutchinson, the freshman first year player for the Pack, handled the tough conditions very well turning in her best round of the year. Lauren has shown dramatic improvement through the season dropping 70 strokes from her first CSAA match score in August.
Exchange student Andrea Taraldsson posted a score of 120 while sophomore Taylor Mulder shot a 127.